Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Japanese painted fern

  • Botanical name: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
  • Common name: Japanese painted fern
  • Family: Woodsiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, is an elegant, deciduous fern with deeply cut, grey-green fronds. It’s perfect for growing in a woodland border or beneath the shade of a tree, and works well when grown alongside other woodland plants. 


Grow Athyrium niponicum var. pictum in moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil. Add well-rotted leaf mould or garden compost when planting, and mulch annually with the same. In colder regions the crown may need protection from frost.

How to grow Athyrium niponicum

  • Plant size

    25cm height

    1.1m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Partial shade, full shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / acidic
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Athyrium niponicum and wildlife

Athyrium niponicum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Athyrium niponicum poisonous?

Athyrium niponicum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Athyrium niponicum